In 1912, barely 100 years ago, Arizona was the last of the lower 48 states to join the Union. In the 1950s, when air conditioning became a modern-day shield against the oppressive heat of Arizona’s summers, the Phoenix area exploded into one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the U.S. It’s a name that has become synonymous with sunshine and snowbirds.
But small town Arizona is what makes this experience special. The Old West mining towns of southern Arizona are replete with the drama of boom and bust, with stories of gunfights and growing pains, and with struggles between building without boundaries countered by society’s need for law and order.
The southern part of the state intrigues us with its mineral and prospecting heritage, and most county seats have some connection with mining. The northern part of the state thrills us with its geological wonders at places like Petrified Forest National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, and Sedona.
If you’re ready to get moving and enjoy the warmth of an Arizona spring, join us on this epic journey through the sunny Southwest. We have space for a maximum of 18 walkers on a full-size bus.
- Walks in all 15 of Arizona’s county seats – most are among their county’s oldest towns offering fascinating Old West tales and historic streets lined with 19th century architecture
- Sabino Canyon Recreation Area – situated at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountains, one of Arizona’s most popular getaways provides a lovely trail that is flanked by steep cliffs, crosses Sabino Creek on seven stone bridges, and is surrounded by unique desert vegetation like the magnificent saguaros
- Tombstone – the wooden boardwalks along the dusty main drag of this Old West legend invite us to tread where the spirits of Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, and the Clanton Brothers live on in “the town too tough to die”
- Petrified Forest National Park – the richly marbled petrified logs are worth the visit, and the multi-hued kaleidoscope of color in the Painted Desert is a surprise bonus
- Grand Canyon National Park (optional) – the Grand Canyon Railway takes us to the South Rim to drink in indescribable scenes of one of the natural wonders of the world
Pricing is per person and is based on double occupancy.
- All land travel by motorcoach as outlined
- Tourist class or better hotel accommodations
- Breakfasts where included by the hotel
- 15 walk routes as listed
- St. Johns
- Walking fees for 15 walks
- WAI guide service throughout
- Tipping for coach driver and WAI guide
- Pricing is based on double occupancy. A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $550. We also provide a roommate matching service for those interested.
Visits to/Admission fees:
- All 15 county seats in the state of Arizona
- Sabino Canyon Recreation Area
- Historic Tombstone
- Petrified Forest National Park
- Visit to Grand Canyon’s South Rim either by rail or rented car (not part of itinerary but WAI will advise with bookings)